Cooking scallops may be the easiest thing, but when it comes to deciding a side dish, that’s where most people give up. I too had no idea what to serve with scallops but all I did was a bit of research and now I have a whole list of delicacies I can serve with scallops.
I have only tried a few till now and there are still many recipes left. So, I’ll just list down the ones I’ve already experimented with. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
What to Serve with Scallops?
When looking for the perfect sides for scallops, you don’t have to go for something exotic. In fact, it’s the simple side dishes that sometimes provide the best treat for your taste buds.
To enhance the flavor of these mollusks, you need a side dish that complements the scallop’s recipe. Here are a few ideas!
1. Herb Linguine
Linguine is often considered a heavy side dish so some people avoid it. On the contrary, if prepared right, linguine makes a
great side dish for scallops. If you want to enjoy a summery meal, this simple pasta dish is the way to go about it. Made with fresh ingredients, it’s a healthy addition to your meal. For this, I just cook some pasta, add minced garlic, fresh chopped herbs and grated lemon zest and mix it all up.
I once used basil too and it tasted delicious. You too can experiment with different herbs to get a distinct taste every time. So, whenever someone asks me what to eat with scallops, I recommend herb linguine because it offers numerous opportunities.
2. Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Sauce
If you are looking to add something zesty and sour as sides for scallops, this option checks all the boxes. Just cook the Brussel Sprouts for 2 minutes until they are soft. Don’t leave them in the skillet for too long or else they’ll lose their color.
To make the creamy lemon sauce, add crème fraiche in a bowl and add grated lemon zest, 1 tsp. olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and some snipped chives. Mix them all well and pour them over the cooked Brussel sprouts.
Most people consider mashed potatoes an ordinary side dish, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. For mashed potatoes, all you need to do is boil potatoes in salted water and mash them up. I like to add butter parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, chives, pepper, and cream cheese to the mix.
It gives the recipe a cheesy twist. I also like to sprinkle some extra parmesan cheese on it if I reheat it. So, if you want a side dish that everyone will rave about, mashed potatoes are definitely on the top of the list.
Green beans often get overlooked but they are such a lovely side dish for scallops. I challenge you to reconsider them and this lemon green beans recipe is a perfect complement to scallops.All that you need to do to make this recipe is steam the green beans.
Then once they are cooked and ready mix in some olive oil, minced garlic, juice of fresh lemon, a pat of butter and salt, and pepper to taste. The trick to making this side mouth-watering delicious is to use the freshest green beans that you can get your hands on.
What I appreciate about this cheesy creamed spinach recipe as a side dish for scallops is that I can dip those scallops in that cheesy sauce. It adds that extra bit of flavor to the scallops and I just lap it up.
We use fresh spinach and whole milk to make this side but you could easily use frozen spinach and still wind up with something delicious. To make this dish you will want to boil the spinach until it is wilted.
Then saute some butter, garlic, and chopped red onion together. Next stir in milk, a bit of flour, parmesan cheese, and cumin. Stir until the mixture is smooth and then fold in the spinach. Salt and pepper to taste.
A piece of juicy grilled corn is a fantastic side dish for any piece of fish but especially for scallops. It is a near-perfect fit. We did a test to determine the absolute best way to grill corn.
The winner was grilling shucked corn wrapped in foil. It came out perfectly charred and yet still juicy.
Radishes are one of my favorite vegetables and when you roast them they become irresistible. Roasting them brings out their sweet flavor with a peppery bite and they complement scallops perfectly. Another bonus to serving them as a side dish is that they are beautiful on the plate.
Eating is as much visual as it is taste. That is why if you want to plate a beautiful meal we highly recommend radishes.They are so easy to make.
All that you need to do is cut the radishes in half and then toss them with olive oil, garlic, zest of a lemon, dried rosemary (fresh if you got it), and salt and pepper. Bake them in the oven at 450 F for 15 minutes.
Is there a more classic side dish that a steaming hot oven-baked potato? If you are curious about what to serve with scallops then look no further than this perfect side. It is tempting to load up a baked potato with sour cream, bacon pieces, and whatever else you can find but let me challenge you to keep it simple.
My recommendation is that when serving this alongside scallops that you simply use butter, salt, and a sprinkle of fresh chives. A tip on making the perfect baked potato to make sure that you fully dried the potato after washing it.
Then rub it down with olive oil and roll it in coarse salt. Then poke holes in it before you bake it.
This is a perfect side for scallops because it has such rich flavors that truly compliment the taste of scallops. Imagine caramelized onions, broth, herbs, and cheese.
Don’t forget the toasted bread with this one. You could also cook this with sweet onions such as sweet vidalia onions. Also, I highly recommend adding in a dry white wine to the recipe.
10. Lemon rice
Rice is a perfect side dish for scallops. When you add in lemon things get really special. Our lemon rice recipe only requires 5 ingredients.
Not all side dishes have to be complicated to be tasty. This is the perfect recipe to prove that. My one tip is to use freshly minced garlic if you have it on.
11. Caesar salad
This is a classic salad that has a bit of a tangy flavor. The flavor of this salad will meld perfectly with your scallops. If you are going to serve a salad than this is the one that I highly recommend.
There are a few core ingredients that go into a Caesar salad. The main ingredient that makes Caesar is the dressing. Then it includes fresh romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese.
Tips on Serving Scallops
Now that you know what to eat with scallops, it’s time for a quick lesson in serving it.
- If you want to serve them as an appetizer, 1 large scallop or two smaller ones are enough. However, if you are serving it as the main course, make sure you serve at least 2-3 large scallops to each person.
- You can also grill scallops for 3-4 minutes to get the smoky taste. I like to poach them beforehand so that they don’t stick to the grill.
- I’ve tried baking scallops and it was the best decision. I baked them along with the shells and they turned out just perfect! I just mixed some breadcrumbs, salt, mustard, cayenne pepper, and BBQ sauce in a bowl before coating the scallops and placing them back in the shells. I baked them for half an hour and they came out looking divine.
Tips on Storing Scallops
- Storing fresh scallops isn’t a hassle contrary to what people think. In fact, it’s an easy process. All you have to do is store them in the refrigerator until you decide to cook them. But storing them in the fridge for more than two days can be a problem. They can easily go bad so whenever I buy fresh scallops, I cook them on the same day. That’s the best way to retain their flavor.
- Some people like to store scallops in water. It’s a common mistake. Don’t leave them in water as they will go bad.
- If you want to store fresh scallops for longer, it’s better to freeze them. Just make sure they are dry, wrap them in plastic, and remove any air. It’s best if you can store them in vacuum packaging. This way, you can store scallops for up to 3 months.
The Bottom Line
No matter what recipe you use to cook scallops, there are several side dishes that will add to the flavor. I was skeptical at first, but it’s an understatement to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the results. I was really happy with the results and you too can do it. I’ve also included some tips to serving and storing scallops, so make sure you use them too!
- 1. Herb Linguine
- 2. Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Sauce
- 3. Mashed Potatoes
- 4. Steamed Green Beans with Lemon
- 5. Cheesy creamed spinach
- 6. Grilled corn on the cob
- 7. Roasted radishes
- 8. Oven-baked potato
- 9. French onion soup
- 10. Lemon rice
- 11. Caesar salad
- Choose some scallop side dishes to try
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